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Second time's the charm.  I enjoyed the good energy in the forums last time and am excited to meet all of you in the coming weeks.  

 

The last challenge didn't end well but since then I've worked on making some better habits and feel ready for this go round.  I'm respawning with confidence and hope.

 

Last time I promised myself a reward of joining a guild when I achieved a certain goal but didn't make it that far.  This time I am going to do the work and get through far enough to join a guild.  

 

I'm really excited about this 6 week challenge.

 

Goals:

1. Do 500 pushups per week edit 500 pushups by the end of the 6 week challenge.  The pushups can be done in as many sets as required throughout the day, over as many days as I want during the week. If I finish early each week then I'll enjoy some rest days.

 

2. Track macros daily and continue to clean up my eating for the entire 6 week challenge.  Since last time I have tried out a bunch of apps and finally found one that works for me.  I've been using Fat Secret Canada and have been obsessive about entering everything that goes in my body. (A little nerdy but I like it.)  It's been great for raising awareness and making me question those evening snacks and extra bites of goodness.  Now that I have a system that works for tracking I want to make it a continuous habit by working on it daily for 6 weeks.  The long term goal is to improve my nutrition to the point that I can relax on the tracking.

 

3. Workout 5 days a week.  My goal is Monday & Wednesday running outside.  Tuesday & Thursday weights. Friday yoga or stretching.  I do this activity when I am at work in the office gym but have 3 weeks vacation during this 6 week challenge so will have to make extra effort to keep up my routines.

 

Life quest goal: read at least twice a week.  The reading must be a book, not website or magazine. Do this without interfering with my new sleeping routine. (I have a busy toddler at home and a FT job. Usually reading is one of the first fun things to go but I want to bring it back into my life.)

 

Report card from last 6 week challenge.

goal 1: I didn't finish the pushup goal.  

goal 2: I did complete the water drinking goal and have continued with it since the challenge ended. I don't get exactly 3 L every day but definitely drink a lot more H2O than before. Feel great.

goal 3: The sleeping goal was a tough one but I have found a system for going to bed earlier and actually falling asleep so I'm getting some good zzzz's most nights.  I'll call that one a success.

Challenges: 1, 2, 3

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I have read your challenge and a few questions pop up:

 

Do you know where your first challenge went wrong? You have to change something, if you do what you did, you'll get what you got.

Why specifically the pushups? If you wanted the attention of the assassins, there are other ways ;) 

I really admire your second goal, i have at multiple times made an effort to strart tracking, but somehow always failed at that. Please enlighten me how you made it succeed!

5 Workouts a week is doable, but pretty tough, and if i'm not mistaken you are doing this besides your pull ups. Is it achievable to do this amount of excercise?

 

I know how full of energy the forum can be, thrive of that!

 

In case you haven’t noticed, i’m an Assassin Ambassador. The Assassin Guild is a guild made up of people who like to be masters of their own bodies. We like training anywhere, anytime with anything. For ourselves, in competition, in cooperation or just for plain fun! The whole world can be our playground!

 

We Ambassadors assist, support and encourage new recruits. So if you have any specific questions don’t hesitate to ask me or any of the other Ambassadors or Guild Leaders.

 

There is a thread specific for recruits who are thinking about becoming Assassins, you can find it here: Level 1 Assassin Initiates Q&A/Chat. It’s a place where you can meet other recruits we are also thinking about becoming Assassins after your first challenge as a recruit.

 

If during your first 6-week-challenge you want to know what is going on within the Assassin Guild this thread is a good one to follow. Assassin Guild Info & Announcements You can find some basic info and all announcements regarding the Assassin Guild.

 

If you are into just hanging out with some assassins there is the  Assassins' Den. There will be talk about all sorts of things over there. Feel free to roam around! If you want to know what it’s like to be an Assassin you can check out the thread with the Assassins which have been interviewed, its called Assassins Uncloaked. There is even a thread on Food: Assassins' Scullery.

As you can see there is plenty to explore in the world of the Assassin Guild. Good luck on your challenge and be sure to PM me if there is anything i can do for you.

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... a little odd in the head ...

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Hello mr_willes,  Thank you for saying hello and starting a conversation about my goals for this challenge.  I would love to join the assassins and will definitely pop into the forum threads that you mentioned.  Thanks so much for the invitation.

 

Your questions are very perceptive and truth-be-told I have been asking myself versions of them.

 

1. Why pushups?  Good question since I truly hate them.  I am quite consistent at the other activities that I do and I have been doing them for a long time.  ~but~ I tend to train my strengths, not my weaknesses, and have some muscle imbalances.  

 

Pushups (and pull-ups in the next challenge) will do me a world of good.  Once I get to a point where I can do them consistently the extra strength will help me do cool assassin stuff.

 

2. Why did my first challenge fail?  The quick answer is "not enough stick-to-it-ivness".  That word isn't in the scrabble dictionary but does use a lot of letters.  

 

Actually, I ran out of energy and got too tired to do anything much, including exercise.  I've largely fixed this by eating more total calories and especially more protein. The time off between challenges wasn't wasted since I fixed some things that needed work - nutrition being a main one.  

 

3. Precise food tracking helped me figure out what I was doing wrong and fix it.  I thought that I was eating enough protein but that wasn't the case at all.  Same for veggies and fruits.  

 

My process for tracking is that I record the food in the app before eating it.  This is quite easy since I make my breakfast and lunch the night before and can record the amounts for the next day as I pack the lunch.  I have been using my kitchen scale throughout and have made a huge effort to prepare most of my food at home rather than eating out.  This way I can see exactly what the nutrient breakdown is and make a conscious decision whether to make changes with my food choices.

 

4. What changed ... I started eating right.  My energy levels are way up.  I'm ready to start again.

Challenges: 1, 2, 3

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Mini Quest 1: 

  1. yes over a long period of time.  All my goals are short term but are aimed at giving me more strength and energy to do cool stuff later on.  I'm building a base for the future.

  2. Building toward main quest - total body strength with good energy levels. I have already started on #2 & 3 but want to nail them down into habits.  #1 will be the toughest but if I push forward it will lead to better health

  3. Realistic over a long period of time.  this is a marathon, not a sprint

  4. Yes, I can track them all using different metrics

  5. Reward is feeling better. Grading is # of days / week

  6. Will change the goals if necessary

  7. I have vacation time during the challenge and one of the goals is to continue my regular workouts during the holiday

  8. The pushup goal will make weight training harder but I can adjust

  9. I have the time but need to incorporate pushups throughout my day (every half hour or so)  I already have time for the other items. The life goal needs me to carve out time twice a week for reading

  10. I have multiple habits leading to the main quest.  Fitness, food and fun all work together.

Your mini quest: Make sure your goals are definitely SMART.

For completing this mini quest you will receive an additional +1WIS at the end of the 6 weeks.

Challenges: 1, 2, 3

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Hello mr_willes, Thank you for saying hello and starting a conversation about my goals for this challenge. I would love to join the assassins and will definitely pop into the forum threads that you mentioned. Thanks so much for the invitation.

Your questions are very perceptive and truth-be-told I have been asking myself versions of them.

1. Why pushups? Good question since I truly hate them. I am quite consistent at the other activities that I do and I have been doing them for a long time. ~but~ I tend to train my strengths, not my weaknesses, and have some muscle imbalances.

Pushups (and pull-ups in the next challenge) will do me a world of good. Once I get to a point where I can do them consistently the extra strength will help me do cool assassin stuff.

2. Why did my first challenge fail? The quick answer is "not enough stick-to-it-ivness". That word isn't in the scrabble dictionary but does use a lot of letters.

Actually, I ran out of energy and got too tired to do anything much, including exercise. I've largely fixed this by eating more total calories and especially more protein. The time off between challenges wasn't wasted since I fixed some things that needed work - nutrition being a main one.

3. Precise food tracking helped me figure out what I was doing wrong and fix it. I thought that I was eating enough protein but that wasn't the case at all. Same for veggies and fruits.

My process for tracking is that I record the food in the app before eating it. This is quite easy since I make my breakfast and lunch the night before and can record the amounts for the next day as I pack the lunch. I have been using my kitchen scale throughout and have made a huge effort to prepare most of my food at home rather than eating out. This way I can see exactly what the nutrient breakdown is and make a conscious decision whether to make changes with my food choices.

4. What changed ... I started eating right. My energy levels are way up. I'm ready to start again.

Wow that sounds like a success story and not a fail. I once had a bad challenge and learned so much from it. It's makes you wonder.

Your goals show a lot of insight. I'm not sure about the push-ups but if you are determined you can do it.

Best wishes and good luck for this journey.

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STR 4 | DEX 15 | CON 16 | STA 15 | WIS 33 | CHA 24 | Halfling | Newbie | Fencer and Bookworm

Introduction | Character | Daily Battle Log | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 67 | 8 | | 10 | 11 | 12# | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | #### | 17 | Current Challenge

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 I'm exercising, because I want to get my stamina and strength. I enjoy medieevil swordmanship,  Tai Chi, yoga, aikido and fire spinning. I'm also a roleplaying nerd and a book worm. Let's fight the procrastination dragon!

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Hello mr_willes,  Thank you for saying hello and starting a conversation about my goals for this challenge.  I would love to join the assassins and will definitely pop into the forum threads that you mentioned.  Thanks so much for the invitation.

 

Your questions are very perceptive and truth-be-told I have been asking myself versions of them.

 

1. Why pushups?  Good question since I truly hate them.  I am quite consistent at the other activities that I do and I have been doing them for a long time.  ~but~ I tend to train my strengths, not my weaknesses, and have some muscle imbalances.  

 

Pushups (and pull-ups in the next challenge) will do me a world of good.  Once I get to a point where I can do them consistently the extra strength will help me do cool assassin stuff.

 

2. Why did my first challenge fail?  The quick answer is "not enough stick-to-it-ivness".  That word isn't in the scrabble dictionary but does use a lot of letters.  

 

Actually, I ran out of energy and got too tired to do anything much, including exercise.  I've largely fixed this by eating more total calories and especially more protein. The time off between challenges wasn't wasted since I fixed some things that needed work - nutrition being a main one.  

 

3. Precise food tracking helped me figure out what I was doing wrong and fix it.  I thought that I was eating enough protein but that wasn't the case at all.  Same for veggies and fruits.  

 

My process for tracking is that I record the food in the app before eating it.  This is quite easy since I make my breakfast and lunch the night before and can record the amounts for the next day as I pack the lunch.  I have been using my kitchen scale throughout and have made a huge effort to prepare most of my food at home rather than eating out.  This way I can see exactly what the nutrient breakdown is and make a conscious decision whether to make changes with my food choices.

 

4. What changed ... I started eating right.  My energy levels are way up.  I'm ready to start again.

 

With the extra insight these sound like solid thoughtout goals. Very good. The tip i want to give you is give yourself some room for error. That way you can legitly stay on your A-game even when "life happens". Especially the amount of workout you want to do:

 

- A daily portion of pushups

- monday to friday, running and weights

 

That leaves only the weekend to catch up. Maybe incorporate something to be able to take a break during the week, and if you don't want to tune down your total amount of workout you can than use saturday or sunday to catch up. This was one of my pitfalls the last challenges, leaving to little room for error.

 

Good luck, keep strong!

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... a little odd in the head ...

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Hello Luciana and mr_willes,

Thanks for offering advice.  I'm going to listen to you since you both have some good experience with these challenges and fitness in general.  

 

I've modified the pushup goal to 500 for the total challenge to give myself room to grow into them.  That will definitely take the pressure off when life gets busy.  

 

I hope you both enjoy your own challenges this time around. Best of luck.  :peaceful:

Challenges: 1, 2, 3

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I like how you modified your pushups goal. Looks like this will be an amazing challenge

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Wisdom 21   Dexterity 11   Charisma 14   Strength 18  Constitution-12

Elastigirl Endeavors, Experiments, , and Explains - Current Challenge: May 9 to June 12 - Nerd Fitness Rebellion

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" J.R.R.Tolkien

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I haven't forgotten about the challenge even though I haven't been posting daily.

 

I've been finding it easier to track everything in my macro app so haven't been looking at this forum as often as I would like.  So far everything is on track except the pushups.

 

I'm not sure why I have such a mind block against pushups.  I know that I'll do great at them once I start but am having trouble starting.  Would love some advice from you folks to get past this speed bump.

 

Anyway ...

 

Life goal (reading) - I worked hard to make time for reading without sacrificing sleep and it paid off.  I finished one book and have just started another one.  Success!

 

1. Pushups - still stuck at the start line - nothing accomplished

 

2. Tracking macros - the app works perfectly and it allows me to add foods that aren't already in the database.  Loving it so far and I've been excruciatingly honest with myself.  August 2nd was a big day but the NF mantra helped by reminding me to never slip twice in a row.

Jul 30 - 2053 kcal, Jul 31 - 2452, Aug 1 - 2453, Aug 2 - 3216, Aug 3 - 1825, Aug 4 - 1744, Aug 5 - 1919, Aug 6 - 1730

 

3. Physical training - I'm very happy with the workouts these last two weeks, even allowing for a slow down over the long weekend.  I was able to increase my squat and bench press while maintaining my distance running. Goal #2 (macros) has helped a lot since I have almost doubled my protein intake and it helped me move past a plateau that I've been on for quite a while.

Jul 30 - weights 45 minutes, Jul 31 - walking, Aug 1 - hiking in the mountains, Aug 2 - walking, Aug 3 - walking, Aug 4 - running 50 minutes, Aug 5 - weights 45 minutes, Aug 6 - running 45 minutes

Challenges: 1, 2, 3

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On the pushups,  I see you are doing it because you realize that is a weakness you need to work on. It is true that you need some sort of push exercise. But since you don't like pushups maybe a different kind of pushing exercise. There are lots of different varieties of pushups,  maybe that would be more interesting. Or work on getting a handstand pushup. Or do something different, and use weights for your push exercise. If you really don't like pushups, then they most likely aren't going to get done.

 

The other thing I do when I'm struggling with a goal is to figure out what motivates me. Competition- than challenge someone to a PVP for the most pushups. Rewards- give myself a reward for each 100 or so pushups I do, with a big prize for the final number. Check boxes- make a pretty chart and check off for every pushup I do so I can see progress. 

 

Up the difficulty. I hate doing tons of reps of any exercise. I find it easier mentally to do less but up the dfficulty. Start working on decline pushups, or working your way to a one arm pushup. Then you are doing less, but still getting the strength benefit.

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Elastigirl Endeavors, Experiments, , and Explains - Current Challenge: May 9 to June 12 - Nerd Fitness Rebellion

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" J.R.R.Tolkien

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The other thing I do when I'm struggling with a goal is to figure out what motivates me. Competition- than challenge someone to a PVP for the most pushups. Rewards- give myself a reward for each 100 or so pushups I do, with a big prize for the final number. Check boxes- make a pretty chart and check off for every pushup I do so I can see progress. 

 

Sorry about the delay in responding but life got busy and I was away from the computer for a few days.

 

I took your advice to heart and had a good look at my motivation.  Last weekend I went to a folk festival and noticed a huge improvement in my fitness compared to last year. The festival is held on a short ski hill and it was much easier to walk up and down carrying my son.  I held out against the lure of the food trucks much better than last year.  My coffee intake was much less because I was not nearly as tired this year.  On the way home I was able to carry my sleepy son the whole way from the bus to my house without stopping, even though he is heavier than last year.  Overall I can see lots of improvement compared to last year.  The NF process works!!!

 

So I took your advice to look at motivation and decided to push through the mental block on the pushup challenge.  I have had mental blocks in the past (running, olympic bar) and feel good for eventually pushing through them.

 

I used the folk fest experience to compare this round of pushups to my starting state on the last challenge.  After doing some tonight I noticed that my shoulders and arms are a lot stronger than last time.  My abs are still a bit shaky but not nearly as bad as last time. This is probably due to the weight lifting.  

 

If I'm seeing gradual improvement then it is worth continuing the exercises in the hope of feeling better overall. So here goes ... back to pushups

 

competition - my friends don't do pushups but I'll challenge myself to do them 3 times a week in the evenings while making dinner

 

reward - each successful week = dinner out Saturday night (no cooking or dishes - great reward)

 

check boxes / tracking - I like writing my sets on a postcard and watching it fill up. I think that I'll continue with this method

 

up the difficulty - I have a set of rings that are getting neglected except when my son wants to swing.  I'll commit to doing a set of pushups on the rings once a week just to mix things up.

 

The pushups tonight were four sets - 10, 10, 12, 7 reps respectively

Challenges: 1, 2, 3

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Sorry about the delay in responding but life got busy and I was away from the computer for a few days.

 

I took your advice to heart and had a good look at my motivation.  Last weekend I went to a folk festival and noticed a huge improvement in my fitness compared to last year. The festival is held on a short ski hill and it was much easier to walk up and down carrying my son.  I held out against the lure of the food trucks much better than last year.  My coffee intake was much less because I was not nearly as tired this year.  On the way home I was able to carry my sleepy son the whole way from the bus to my house without stopping, even though he is heavier than last year.  Overall I can see lots of improvement compared to last year.  The NF process works!!!

 

So I took your advice to look at motivation and decided to push through the mental block on the pushup challenge.  I have had mental blocks in the past (running, olympic bar) and feel good for eventually pushing through them.

 

I used the folk fest experience to compare this round of pushups to my starting state on the last challenge.  After doing some tonight I noticed that my shoulders and arms are a lot stronger than last time.  My abs are still a bit shaky but not nearly as bad as last time. This is probably due to the weight lifting.  

 

If I'm seeing gradual improvement then it is worth continuing the exercises in the hope of feeling better overall. So here goes ... back to pushups

 

competition - my friends don't do pushups but I'll challenge myself to do them 3 times a week in the evenings while making dinner

 

reward - each successful week = dinner out Saturday night (no cooking or dishes - great reward)

 

check boxes / tracking - I like writing my sets on a postcard and watching it fill up. I think that I'll continue with this method

 

up the difficulty - I have a set of rings that are getting neglected except when my son wants to swing.  I'll commit to doing a set of pushups on the rings once a week just to mix things up.

 

The pushups tonight were four sets - 10, 10, 12, 7 reps respectively

It is so fun to see how working out translates to a better life. Sounds like you've made great progress.  I like your motivation plans!

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Wisdom 21   Dexterity 11   Charisma 14   Strength 18  Constitution-12

Elastigirl Endeavors, Experiments, , and Explains - Current Challenge: May 9 to June 12 - Nerd Fitness Rebellion

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" J.R.R.Tolkien

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Here's a quick progress update.  I'm tracking in an app since it is easier.

 

Life goal (reading) - I am working on another book, sleep is slipping a little but not too much.

 

1. Pushups - changed the challenge tonight 

 

2. Tracking macros - tracked every bite

Aug 7 - 2759, Aug 8 - 1952, Aug 9 - 2388, Aug 10 - 2103, Aug 11 - 2014, Aug 12- 1907

 

3. Physical training - Workouts are going well and I increased my running distance slightly.

 

Aug 7 - running, Aug 8 - walking (some hills), Aug 9 - walking (some hills), Aug 10 - running, Aug 11 - weights, Aug 12 - running (increased distance)

Challenges: 1, 2, 3

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I hated push ups, too. For me kneeling push ups and Incline push ups work. You are making gradual progress. Good job.

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STR 4 | DEX 15 | CON 16 | STA 15 | WIS 33 | CHA 24 | Halfling | Newbie | Fencer and Bookworm

Introduction | Character | Daily Battle Log | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 67 | 8 | | 10 | 11 | 12# | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | #### | 17 | Current Challenge

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 I'm exercising, because I want to get my stamina and strength. I enjoy medieevil swordmanship,  Tai Chi, yoga, aikido and fire spinning. I'm also a roleplaying nerd and a book worm. Let's fight the procrastination dragon!

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woot- looks like you found your pushup motivation!

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Wisdom 21   Dexterity 11   Charisma 14   Strength 18  Constitution-12

Elastigirl Endeavors, Experiments, , and Explains - Current Challenge: May 9 to June 12 - Nerd Fitness Rebellion

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" J.R.R.Tolkien

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Are you still there?

level 12 Hobbit Monk (respawned September 2016)
STR 4 | DEX 15 | CON 16 | STA 15 | WIS 33 | CHA 24 | Halfling | Newbie | Fencer and Bookworm

Introduction | Character | Daily Battle Log | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 67 | 8 | | 10 | 11 | 12# | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | #### | 17 | Current Challenge

Spoiler

 I'm exercising, because I want to get my stamina and strength. I enjoy medieevil swordmanship,  Tai Chi, yoga, aikido and fire spinning. I'm also a roleplaying nerd and a book worm. Let's fight the procrastination dragon!

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Hey there, how's it going?

Wisdom 21   Dexterity 11   Charisma 14   Strength 18  Constitution-12

Elastigirl Endeavors, Experiments, , and Explains - Current Challenge: May 9 to June 12 - Nerd Fitness Rebellion

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" J.R.R.Tolkien

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